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By Brittany Ferri March 02, 2020

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture, there is good news. This is not a life-threatening condition and there are ways to control the symptoms.

It's important to remember that Dupuytren's contracture usually spreads gradually and it can often take years before it impacts your day-to-day activities. In some rare cases, it can spread quickly, which can leave people worried.

Don't wait for this to happen. Make a move today so that you can stay safe. Here’s how to slow down Dupuytren's contracture.

Find Out What's Making it Worse

If you've read our previous blogs, we detailed the causes of Dupuytren's contracture.

According to experts, it's a hereditary disease so there’s nothing you can do to stop it from happening. But you can take steps to prevent it from spreading by paying attention to what makes it worse. 

Sadly, researchers don't know much about this disease but they have identified some triggers that can cause it to grow rapidly: 

Poor Lifestyle Choices

Reports suggest thatdrinking and smoking can aggravate Dupuytren's. Smoking is considered a bigger culprit than drinking, since people who smoke are more likely to have this condition.

Extreme Overuse of the Hand

If you put a lot of strain on your hand, it will begin to deteriorate. Pay attention to the health of your hand. This is especially helpful if your job requires excessive use of the hand. Take precautions such as taking breaks, wearing gloves that reduce pressure in the hand, and performing exercises to keep your hands strong. Use machinery or larger body parts to lift whenever you are able.

Consuming Certain Medicines

Since Dupuytren’s is a progressive fibrotic condition, some experts believe that certain medicines can make it worse. This is just a theory, and there isn’t enough research that proves the connection between medicine and this disease. 

Diabetes and Other Conditions

High blood pressure, diabetes, and epilepsy are linked to Dupuytren's contracture. Studies also show that trauma or other forms of injury to the hand can lead this condition to develop. Reports indicate that the condition worsens when blood flow to the hand exceeds the normal limit, which is a common occurrence in some diseases.

If you have one or more of these conditions, keeping them under control can help slow down Dupuytren's Contracture.

But That May Not Be Enough

Since people don't know much about the root cause of this condition, working on the areas above may or may not be enough to stop the spread. Even if you are successful in slowing down Dupuytren's Contracture and have prevented it from worsening, you will not be able to entirely reverse symptoms.

For this reason, you will benefit from outside help. One option to consider in managing Dupuytren's Contracture is our Dupuytren's contracture cream: the only natural, non-invasive alternative to help fight the progression of Dupuytren's. Regular use of this topical remedy has helped customers slow the progression of the disease and even reverse some symptoms.


Brittany Ferri
Brittany Ferri

Brittany is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has 6 years of clinical experience treating conditions such as Dupuytren's, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and more. She is passionate about educating others about their health.